Yesterday we met Matt Wohleb, sommelier and bar manager at Cave Creek restaurant Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge. Today he shares with us the recipe for one the Amaro Old Fashioned, an Italian twist on a cocktail classic made using Amaro Montenegro, a brand of bitters made using more than 40 herbs, and Amarena cherries, the greatest cherries known to man.
"Not many people know about Morena cherries," Wohleb says. "But they have this candy sauce that almost evaporates a little bit and becomes almost like paste, so it mixes really well."
1 ½ oz. Jim Beam Red Stag bourbon
½ oz. Amaro Montenegro
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 orange slice
1 Amarena cherry w/ sauce
How to make it:
In a cocktail glass, muddle the orange, cherry, sugar and soda. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the Red Stag, followed by the Amaro. Stir with a bar spoon, add one more splash of soda, and enjoy.
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